The Requirement of Perfection

by Bethany

Today’s Readings: Leviticus 21-22

Be Holy

As we have seen, the theme of Leviticus is, “Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy” [1]. If we want to be in His presence, where there are “eternal pleasures” [2], then we must be holy as He is holy. Since we are called to display His character and since His law typifies His character, then we are called to obey His law. Yet, we do not and, as a result, we cannot enjoy His presence. Nevertheless, since the Lord longed for us to enjoy His presence, He established a sacrificial system to make atonement for our inevitable failures to obey His law.

Sufficient Sacrifice

Yet, not any kind of sacrifice would do. If it was going to be a sufficient substitute for the sins of the people, it had to be a perfect and faultless and unblemished sacrifice. It had to be an adequate replacement. Thus, the Lord said to the Israelites: Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted on your behalf … Do not offer to the LORD the blind, the injured or the maimed, or anything with warts or festering or running sores … I am the LORD, who made you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD [3].

Atoning Work

When Jesus offered Himself as an atoning sacrifice, He was perfect and faultless and unblemished. In Him, there was absolutely no imperfection – ceremonially clean and morally perfect. Not only was He completely obedient in His calling to die for His people, He also lived every moment of His life in perfect obedience to the law [4]. Thus, after Pilate examined Jesus, he concluded: “Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him: No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is done unto him” [5].

Prayer

Lord, How we love Jesus, who lived the perfect life that we could not! We confess that we do not live holy or obediently. Thank You for accepting Him as an atoning sacrifice on our behalf. Work in our hearts to long to reflect Your character through our obedience and, when we do not, to rejoice for the gift of Your Son. Amen.

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[1] Leviticus 19:2 NIV 2011. See also Leviticus 10:10; 11:44-45; 19:6; 20:7, 26; 21:8.  |  [2] Psalm 16:11 NIV 2011 (“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”)  |  [3] Leviticus 22:20, 22, 32 NIV 2011  |  [4] See Philippians 2:5-11  |  [5] Luke 23:14-15 KJV

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One Comment to “The Requirement of Perfection”

  1. These last blogs have been so good as Passover is now being celebrated and remembered. You bring such clarity to Leviticus which may seem difficult to most people, but you have helped make it understandable.

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